The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the second-oldest university still in operation. Even though there is no foundation date, there is evidence of teaching that dates back as far as 1096.Show more
Oxford has a long tradition of academic excellence which attracts the best students and instructors, thus adding to and continuing this tradition. This is why it is still at the top of the international universities ranking year after year.View more
I’ve been departed for 6 years but it’s still my second home. The experience here opened my eyes to so much, gave me arguably the best three years of my life, and left me with the closest group of mates you could ask for.
The academics are constantly stimulating and challenging, and it’s only in hindsight you appreciate what a privilege it is to be discussing everything from Foucault to climate change to the economic liberalisation of western Africa with the genuine leading experts in each field. Don’t get me wrong, the courses are stretching and are tough, but by doing so they broaden your mind so quickly and constantly.
The city and the college infrastructure is a joy to be part of. It doesn’t feel stuffy, the colleges are a great support network, and there is so much fun to be had from rowing, rugby, football and the sports, to art, music and drama, to clubs (shout-out to Parked), bars, pubs and restaurants.
A word on access: I come from one of the poorest and most underrepresented parts of the country and absolutely adored my time there. It’s easy to think that the university isn’t for you but for some wealthier, more privileged ‘others’. But it’s just not true, it does welcome all and sundry as long as they’re willing to put the work in. If it can be my second home it can be anybody’s.
Quick disclaimer: it is a place that uses challenge to get the best out of people academically, and that won’t suit everybody’s preference. I do have close friends who are fellow alumni who would say the approach didn’t get the best out of them and they’d have preferred a less pressured approach. I can understand that as the interview process and final exams are two of the most demanding experiences I’ve been through. The interviews in fact were far harder than all my career application processes combined. But it is horses for courses so I recommend one thing for all – if you’re interested at all go and see it for yourself on an open day!View more
Everything they say about Oxford is true—it is actually a magical place. I’ve talked to other alumni from 30 years ago, and I graduated 2 years ago. Would re-live every second of the experience again in a heartbeat. The students you meet there will form the core network of your future life, and the learning environment provides endless possibilities.View more
The Pharmacology MSc thought course was research focused, as such we learnt cutting-edge techniques and used mostly literature to study (instead of text books). The advantage of Masters courses in Oxford is that you don’t need in-depth knowledge in the field, the first couple of months starts with getting an animal licence and learning the basics. You’ll get a professor mentor, who will only focus on you, and helps you get the best out of you. It’s all about learning by doing. It had a huge emphasis on neuropharmacology, which was exactly what I was looking for (I’m a neuroscientist). Also, it’s not about learning names, but to understand scientific concepts and to think critically. As I said, it focuses on research, so if you want to learn about the pharmaceutical industry, this might not be the perfect choice.
It is intellectually very stimulating (not only scientifically) because you are surrounded by great minds from all over the world. I can highly recommend it for anyone who wants to understand pharmacology and wants to experience what it means to be part of the Oxford experience.View more
I enjoyed being at Oxford as I had a scholarship and could afford it. It was a great opportunity to visit Great Britain, meet international students and see how is it to live and study somewhere else. I would especially like to highlight rich libraries and endless opportunities for doing sports, learning languages and enjoying student life and beautiful nature.View more
Oxford is a great university. All the facilities you need, embedded in a city – so you are still living in a town rather than an isolated campus, and many more amazing qualities. But the best part of it is its brilliant students. I met amazing people at Oxford that became lifetime friends, and inspired me with their knowledge. I also for the first time felt that I fit in, and as they say: ‘found my groove’.
Oxford teaches you hard work, perfection (and the concept of 100%), and how to be extremely disciplined – self-discipline. But what you also end up with is accepting you are not the best, and learning an old-fashioned curriculum.
I feel like I left Oxford not feeling that I can be the best I can be. And that made me slow down in achieving and climbing.
However, overall it was a great experience, and I loved every part of the year of the masters degree.View more
It’s the real life version of Hogwarts. Magical and inspiring. I particularly liked the quirky bops and posh formal hall dinners which are not found at your average university. I would certainly recommend it and encourage the choice of Christchurch or Magdalen in your applications.View more
I learned about Oxford from a symposium at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. I never looked back. My supervisor was an excellent resource (we still communicate often). My post-graduate cohort made me feel welcome and supported. I gained invaluable experience, and my Kellogg College peers remain cherished friends. Plus, Port Meadows is one of the most idyllic and scenic places I’d ever seen. Going to Oxford was a leap of faith. I’m glad I made it.View more
Oxford is an amazing place to study. World class teaching, fantastic facilities and libraries, stunning architecture, great student community and college support, all combined with a history of excellence for over 800 years…simply the best!View more
Great experience! Awesome academics, I met great people, super student life. Huge experience. After this I’m no more from my home country but I’m part of the new global village. I wish everyone to do this or a similar experience.View more